Business in Melbourne is booming, with local companies and international organisations popping up all over the city, however, with so much growth there is also fierce competition to grab the best spaces for business when they become available. Melbourne’s CBD doesn’t make this any easier by being Australia’s most densely populated area, with cramped offices, overcrowded streets and heavy traffic.
Luckily Melbourne is also a well connected city, with some great transportation hubs, quirky neighbourhoods and alternative business districts that makes finding an alternative space easier than it sounds.
Here are some of the best alternatives to the CBD to set up your new office:
Just 3 kilometres from the city centre, you can’t get closer to the CBD than Richmond. With everything from modern offices to converted warehouse spaces this suburb has the eclectic mix of working class charm turned gentrified hot spot that makes it a real draw. With its convenience and energetic culture it is a fantastic space for anyone looking for something a little different.
Just south of Richmond, and just as accessible from the CBD, Cremorne is Victoria’s Silicon Valley. Bright young creatives, tech companies and small co-working groups are all fighting for the opportunity of establishing themselves in the neighbourhood. With its great transport and vibrant vibe it is irresistible for the modern company.
South Yarra is home to Toorak Road and Chapel Street, some of the best shopping strips in Melbourne. Besides its nightlife, restaurants and shopping, South Yarra is also a business hub, occupied for its proximity to the city and access to the prestigious neighbourhoods that South Yarra is renowned for.
Another suburb a stone’s throw away from the CBD, Dockland’s is a beautiful product of urban renewal, converting the disused industrial area into a green and spacious inner city suburb. Now it has become a popular business district, with great views, world class dining options and easy access to the CBD by free public transport or even on foot.
One of the largest commercial business hubs outside of the city centre, Box Hill has experienced massive growth for years. With a heavy focus on private investment, health and education facilities, it is a centre not just for business but other sectors that are vital to Melbourne’s culture and economy. Despite its location outside of central Melbourne, Box Hill is still highly accessible, lying as it does on the Belgrave/Lilydale line and with access to both trams and bus routes.
Epping is fast becoming a business leader in Melbourne’s North and is one of the fastest growing areas of the city. 30 kilometres from the city centre, Epping has a dedicated train station and excellent roads leading to the CBD. A fantastic location for offices that need more space, Epping has become the centre for business activity in the city’s north, and looks to continue to do so, with massive expansion and growth projects underway.